It's been such a long time since I shared a book review here and - considering that once my own book is published I'm going to be talking about it awkwardly but endlessly - I want to make sure I point you towards someone else's first!
Please note: this is not a sponsored post. I heard about, and paid for, this book all by little self. You'll see why I'm happy to recommend it once I start describing it ...
Book review: Knickers Model's Own: A Year of Frugal Fashion by Caroline Jones
|My copy of the book alongside some of my many charity-shop price tags.|
For example ...
- It's about personal style, clothes and every-day outfits ... so far so perfect.
- Better still ... it's about personal style, clothes and every-day outfits ... using items found in charity shops!
- Even better still ... it's about a woman - Caroline Jones - who set herself a year-long challenge to dress only in charity-shop outfits and then share them on Instagram (Challenges? Outfit photos? Social media? Tick, tick, tick!!!)
- And the piece de resistance? She did it all in memory of her mother and to raise money for Cancer Research UK and this book continues that fund raising.
In short: there's nothing about this book I don't admire.
Want to take a look inside?
catch up with my latest finds on Instagram).
For one thing it's her ability to layer her outfits that I find myself drawn to, scrutinising how she did it, which elements I can introduce into my own outfits, seeing how interesting combinations breathe new life into individual pieces.
In amongst all of the fabulous visual inspiration the book also features tips on things including how to buy pre-loved:
Knickers Model's Own is for you ...
- if you're interested in clothes and personal style and enjoy drooling over creatively curated outfits.
- if you're feeling a bit stuck in a rut with your own wardrobe - these outfits will help you reassess your current clothing and find new ways to put outfits together.
- if you're interested in charity/thrift shopping - this will only harden your resolve to go forth and find fabulous outfits that no one else can copy.
- if you want to experiment with clothes but don't want to spend a lot of money - this will wholeheartedly inspire you to get into charity shopping to seek your treasure!
- if you love the feel and personal connection created by blogs and social media but sometimes wish you could see that kind of content in 'traditional' book form - you'll love flipping back and forth through this, dipping into the story, poring over the images.
- if you like well made glossy coffee table books - in presentation and content this can't be faulted.
- for yourself ... if you fancy a guilt-free way to indulge your fashion-loving instincts then you should know that 100% of the book's profits go towards finding a way to beat cancer sooner. Who's going to argue with that?
- for anyone you know who fits any of descriptions above; the style-loving / charity-shop addict / fund raising-fan in your life will thank you for it.
- for women of all ages. Like me Caroline is in her 40s but her style is pretty ageless, there are so many styles, so many options, so much inspiration here that a woman in her 20s would easily find something to relate to and I for one am determined to keep aiming for this level of stylishness into my 60s, 70s, 80s ...
- You can find the book Knickers Model's Own: A Year of Frugal Fashion here on the Cancer Research UK site.
- And you can see more from Caroline Jones's Knickers Model's Own project in general - here on Instagram; here on the Facebook page; or on Twitter.
- Is it going on your own Christmas List? Alongside the usual pyjamas, socks, and knickers will Knickers Model's Own be waiting for you under the tree this year?
- Or has it ticked off a name on your list? Does this quickly and easily sort out a gift for the fashion-lover / fashion-novice / creative blogger / best friend / stylish sister / charity-shop-trawler on your list?
I hope that in sharing Caroline's fabulous book I've not only indulged my love of all things styley and charity-shoppy ... but I've also helped out with your gift-planning this season.
If I have I'll feel like the best dressed and most useful of Santa's Elves in all of Christmastown!
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